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EaglesFanCast 110 – A Good Start

The first Philadelphia Eagles 2011 preseason game is in the can.  The Eagles beat the visiting Baltimore Ravens, with the green and silver offensive starters only playing for one series.  It’s not easy to get excited about preseason football, but it IS football, and the Eagles have become one of the most exciting teams to talk about since the lockout ended.  With so many new acquisitions, signings and trades, there are high hopes and we were all waiting to see this team take the field.  Obviously not much can be garnered from very little play, but what we saw was impressive.  Quarterback Michael Vick looked accurate and quick, taking the team down the field for a touchdown on the first drive.  The new Defense under new Defensive Coordinator Juan Castillo looked fast, and it was welcome to see them swarming the Ravens quarterbacks on almost every play.  Even questions about our rookie kicker and punter seemed to be satisfied.

But again, it is preseason, and only the first of four at that.  Some of those players on the field in the later quarters will not be on the team in just a few short weeks.  There is also the concern about Jeremy Maclin’s mystery illness, as well as Mike Patterson’s skull blood vessel complications to see work out.

The Eagles management has shown us that they had a plan for the offseason, and are still in the process of executing that plan.  The next few weeks will see some adjustments to the team, and we will soon see what the new Eagles will become.

Next week they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers for the second preseason game, and we expect to see the starters play almost the whole first half.

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Letter from Philadelphia Eagles to Season Ticket Holders

I’m definitely curious as to what the other fans think about this situation so far.  Please let us know, we will be doing a show soon.
Below is the letter that was sent to Eagles season ticket holders.  The latest in the volley back and forth during the negotiations and the lockout.  From what I’m seeing and hearing so far from fans is that they are getting tired of both sides and want it to just move forward.  I don’t think the NFL is at the point of fans walking away, but that will start to happen in the next few months when the normal preseason activities don’t happen.
Dear [name removed]

We know you are interested in the status of our labor negotiations and preparations for the 2011 season. Having just returned from New Orleans earlier this week, we wanted to take a few moments to give you a report.

The focus was on football as well as the status of our efforts to reach a new collective bargaining agreement.

Football first: we had vigorous discussions on a range of football matters with special emphasis on player health and safety. We are, as you have read, moving the spot of kickoffs to the 35-yard line and allowing the kicking team only a 5-yard running start to the kickoff. We modified instant replay so that all scoring plays will be checked by the instant replay assistant in the booth and reviewed by the referee if necessary. We are also continuing to discuss how to best limit hits to the head and expand protection for players in a defenseless position. NFL football will remain a tough sport, but we are committed to making it safer and reducing injuries.

On collective bargaining, we reviewed the status of the union’s litigation as well as the current work stoppage. We want to assure you that we want this resolved. We believe we offered a fair proposal that would pay the players an estimated $19-20 billion over the next four years, 2 billion more than they made over the previous four. There would be no pay-cut for players, only a slowing in the growth rate of their compensation. The proposal included a wide range of other improvements for both current and retired players. Contrary to what you may have read, we offered to provide to a third-party accounting firm the 2005-2009 club-by-club operating profits, along with audited financial statements, so that the union would know the league’s profitability in those years and the number of clubs that have experienced declines in profits.

We are very disappointed that the players chose to not respond to this offer and instead, went to court.

We know that we will have a collective bargaining agreement with the players’ union at some point. Commissioner Goodell has called on the NFL Players Association to immediately resume negotiations. The owners support the Commissioner and are ready to meet at any time to come to an agreement. We have great respect for our players, admire what they do, and the sacrifices they make.

We will continue to keep you informed and we truly appreciate your support of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Lurie
Chairman & CEO
Joe Banner
President

 

EaglesFanCast 88 – Preseason Winds Down

Three down, one last to go.  The Jets come to Philly for the last game, and we already know that any starters will get very little play time, if at all.  So that leaves our new starting quarterback, Kevin Kolb, with no scores in the preseason.  That sounds scary, but we agree that there is no need for panic.

There have been ups and downs so far, with a great hit by Asante Samuel, Vick’s usage with the first teams seems to be doing nothing but ruining their timing, DE Ricky Sapp placed on IR and questions about a few others’ performance.  Most of what you have read and heard about this team so far is not very enthusiastic.  Is it a young team still trying to find the gel, or smoke screens by the coaching staff?  We will find out in a few more weeks when we meet the Green Bay Packers in the opener.

In the meantime, there is one more preseason game against the Jets.  Then the final cuts happen.  A lot of players will be fighting for a job, so it should be an interesting game to watch.  Speaking of the Jets, Eric has been watching Hard Knocks and has really enjoyed it.

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EaglesFanCast 87 – It Is Only Preseason

Two Preseason weeks down with a win and a loss.  We have seen our starters play essentially three quarters of football so far, the coaches holding back their tricks and some shuffling in the lineup.  Our first team Offense has yet to score a touchdown, and we have seen plenty of rust as we do every year by this time.  The third game is only a few days away, and we will see more of the starters for most of the game.  Shortly after, the team gets cut to 75 players.

The team is definitely faster, the Offense is having struggles as we would expect from a revamped roster and new leader, the Defense looks better than anticipated and now we have two rookies in starting positions (Brandon Graham and Nate Allen).  Joselio Hansen is probably on the bubble, and we somehow get back on the topic of Donovan McNabb again.

We read off an email from Dennis in Gettysburg, then address the rumors brewing about the Vikings looking for a trade with a few teams, including the Eagles.  The last thing we talked about was the potential for an 18-game season next year, and some of the ramifications that comes with that.

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